Check In with Your Spouse Before They Check Out

This post is part of a collaboration with Couple Checkup. All opinions are my own.

As a Family Life Educator, one of the hardest things to overcome is the stigma that going to therapy or attending classes means that your marriage is in trouble. Couples and families who are willing to attend workshops or therapy sessions that give them the tools to communicate better are less likely to reach that point of trouble in their relationship. This week is National Marriage Week and the perfect time to work on your marriage!

In August, Joe and I took the Couple Checkup assessment, and we have been working through our discussion guide since that time. Before we took the assessment, I didn't think that there would be a lot for us to work on. We were still adjusting to our new roles as parents, but I felt like we were on the same page in all of the most important things in our marriage. Our relationship strengths (areas with high couple agreement) didn't surprise me, and honestly, neither did our relationship growth area (areas with low couple agreement), but I had thought we would score higher on a couple of our possible relationship strengths (moderate couple agreement). It became obvious that no matter how well we feel our marriage is at any given point in time, there is always areas that could use some improvement.

Couple Checkup is made to for couples across all ages and stages of life. We've used our discussion guide to help us improve our communication in areas of our marriage that showed room for improvement. We've also used it to make our areas of strength even stronger. Finances are a strength in our marriage, we communicate about them almost daily. Last month, we sat down to set some solid financial goals for the year and found that the finances section of our discussion guide were really helpful to help us do that.

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Couple Checkup is celebrating National Marriage Week by giving every couple the opportunity to take the assessment and start working on their marriage for just $19.95 (regularly $35). This discount is available February 7th-14th 2016. You can also still use my discount code (never expires) to complete Couple Checkup at a discounted price. Details and instructions can be found by clicking here to read my original Couple Checkup review. Check out the Couple Checkup blog for more communication tips and ideas for strengthening your marriage.

I love the conversations that Couple Checkup has inspired in our marriage and look forward to continuing through our discussion guide. One of the nice things about Couple Checkup is the fact that you don't need to sit and talk for hours on end. If you have ten minutes a week, maybe at the end of your weekly family meeting, you can improve your marriage! So what are you waiting for? Start a new tradition, take Couple Checkup this week in celebration of National Marriage Week and Valentine's Day! You won't regret it, I promise!

Have you taken Couple Checkup yet? I'd love to hear how it has strengthened your marriage relationship!